Anthony Joshua’s tax payment shows boxer made £80m in two years

Two-time world heavyweight champion Joshua has been named one of the UK’s highest-earning celebrities, beating Stormzy and Harry Styles.

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Oleksandr Usyk returns Anthony Joshua’s belts after fight

Anthony Joshua has earned over £80million from two fights in as many years as he was named among the highest paying celebrities.

The two-time world heavyweight champion paid £3.8million in tax, more than Stormzy, Cara Delevigne and Harry Styles.

The eye-watering sums put him as the fifth highest-paid celebrity on the 2022 tax list published by The Times.

Joshua is one of Britain’s best known sportsmen and enjoys sponsorship deals with Lucozade, Under Armor and Hugo Boss.

He also has a unique broadcast deal where his fights are shown internationally on the DAZN streaming platform, except in the UK where it is shown on Sky Sports Box Office, although this deal has yet to be renewed. .

It would cost the streaming service a considerable sum to secure him for the final part of their 200 country deal, with Sky Sports boasting monstrous pay-per-view sales for his fights.

He reportedly sold over 600,000 PPVs for his fight with Kubrat Pulev in 2020, for which he took a significant pay cut as he was only allowed to fight in front of 1,000 fans due to coronavirus restrictions at the SSE Arena at Wembley.

Anthony Joshua has made nearly nine figures in the past two years

And he may have doubled that for his world title defense against Usyk, which took place in front of 65,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua’s last two fights have been in the UK, meaning he’s paid almost all of his taxes here, unlike, for example, Tyson Fury who fights in Nevada in America and also has to pay there. -low.

It looks like Fury will have a comeback fight this year though, with his world title defense against Dillian Whyte set to take place by April 29.

Joshua could also fight in the UK this year when he takes on Usyk for the unified heavyweight titles, with the winners of both fights likely to challenge for an astronomical scholarship in Saudi Arabia at the end of the year.

The pair almost reached a deal to fight for the undisputed title last August, with the Saudis willing to pay £106m between the pair for the fight.

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But Fury was locked into a contractual agreement, which was upheld through a lengthy arbitration process, to give Deontay Wilder a third fight first.

And after the American’s brutal dispatch, Fury is now set for a mandatory defense of the WBC heavyweight title against Whyte before Joshua takes on Usyk later in the year.

Fury and Whyte are thought to face off on April 23, while Joshua could be forced to wait until June for his redemption shot against the unbeaten Ukrainian.

Once these two fights are over, however, the two winners will no longer be locked into any contractual obligations that would prevent an uncontested fight from occurring.

Fury, or Whyte, just satisfied the WBC mandatory, while Joshua and Usyk’s original fight was mandated by the WBO, WBA and IBF still waiting to secure their division-top mandatory challengers.

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